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3ds Max continuously restarts in the Task Manager when rendering on node machines

Issue:

When attempting to render using V-Ray Spawner and Deadline network rendering service on Windows 10, Update 1809, 3ds Max launches in the background on the render node machine, but keeps restarting in the Task Manager. No render job ever proceeds, and the 3ds Max process may then crash.

Environment:

  • Windows 10 (1709 -1809 Update)
  • V-Ray
  • Deadline

Causes:

Operating System change in how Windows 10 allows the  3dsmax.exe is run as a Service.

Solution:

As an alternative method, and to proceed with renders using Deadline, V-Ray and 3ds Max as a Service, try the following:

1.With 3ds Max closed, go to:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 20xx\stdplugs

2. Find the file PhysX.dlm.

3. Remove the PhysX.dlm file from the current folder. Place the file somewhere safe on the machine (other than within the 3ds Max installation folder).

Important Note: If the issue persists after removing the DLM file, repeat the same steps with the  (MassFX) folder as well. Should the renders utilize the MassFX plugin (rigid bodies, cloth simulation, etc.) these will no longer be available with this render method.

See also

Source: https://autode.sk/2IEbUw9

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